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for opposing apartheid. let's go back to cnn's john berman and kate in newtown, connecticut. >> thank you so much, victor. we'll see you again for more news in a little bit. a 27-year-old teacher came face to face with a gunman at sandy hook, and it's what she did next that grateful parents say shaved their children's lives. now she's remembered as a true hero. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. so i never missed a beat. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer. >>> there was a moment of silence last night before the miami heat game. the players took the court with their own children in hand. it was their way of paying tribute to the children killed here in newtown, connecticut. also today several nfl teams will honor those very victims. the new yo
and welcome to "early start," everyone, i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. tuesday, december 11th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. we begin this morning in the south where more storms are expected today. this after residents are left cleaning up from the aftermath of yesterday's storms. the rain was so intense. take a look at what happened to the home of one man, this is birmingham, alabama as he was being interviewed by a local tv reporter. >> we had dogs. he was in the cage. oh, my god. oh, my god. oh, my god. you all okay? you all okay? you all all right? >> look at that, the roof of clint thornton's home collapsing due to the soaking rain. he believes a tornado touched down in his neighborhood. let's check in with alexand exe ste steele. >> there were 12 reported tornadoes yesterday, 2 have been con dining roomed by the survey teams. more survey teams will go out today and deem it be a tornado or not. this is what we saw yesterday. we have a cool weather season for tornadoes and it's in what we call dixie alley. louisiana, mississippi, alabama, that's where we saw them. even into flori
this story covered from all angles. i want to bring in my colleague john berman in newtown, in the town square. john, bring us up to speed on what we've seen since yesterday evening. >> hey, ali, i'm standing in front of the st. rose of lima church where last night there was an emotional vigil with about 1,000 people here. residents poured in for the 26 victims of this tragic attack. of course, 20 children were killed, six adults, all at the elementary school. and we're learning more about the shooter, which we're going to get into in a moment. but first, let's focus right now on the victims and what happened at that school, and here in this community. the community gathered to say their prayers and give thanks for the survivors. they also said good-bye to the victims. all of them trying to come to grips with this horrible, horrible tragedy. >> people's children and brothers and sisters were taken from them. people's spouses, those teachers and administrators were taken from us. yet, we stand in a church, and many of us today in the coming days will rely upon that which we have been tau
morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman here in new york. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin, live in newtown, connecticut. we'll be bringing you the very late ef on the investigation as john said, the children are starting school as well with an increased police presence, will it be enough for the parents and of course we have another funeral we are following this morning for you as well. john? >> another beautiful young child we buried up there, four days after the school massacre that numbed the entire nation. this is the latest. this unspeakable tragedy is reigniting the gun control debate all over the country. president already taking steps to ban assault rifles with his vice president leading the charge. plus, this brand new overnight, dick's sporting goods has banned the sale of ar-15 rifles and other guns like it for now. the modern sporting rifle section of its website, totally blank this morning. the company releasing a statement saying, quote, out of respect for the victims and their families we have removed all guns in our store nearest to newtown and suspended th
at the cnn center in atlanta. let's go back to john berman in newtown, connecticut, with me at another site. john? >> good morning, ali, i'm standing in front of the church where last night there was a vigil. more than 1,000 people gathered here where i am to grieve together, to be together, to mourn those lost. so many of the people here, though, asking questions, not just questions about what happened and why, but what to do next. parents, teachers, an entire nation right now still struggling to grasp how a gunman could take so many innocent lives at an elementary school. an elementary school. so how do you talk to your child? your child about what happened? our lisa sylvester spoke to some experts. >> reporter: if there's an image that sums up this story, it is this. any parent out there can relate. psychiatrist charles razen with the university of arizona's college of medicine. >> how do you wrap your mind around something like this? with a good deal of heart break and with the understanding it's going to take a while and that there will be people closely impacted by this who will never
to what he had to say to john berman about his daughter is coping. we'll hear from him in a moment. the first thing i want to do, though, is go to nick valencia. because nick is working on information about the victims of this tragedy. we spent some time talking about the shooter. but we are really worried about the victims. 18 children and six adults were shot on-site. another two children died in hospital. let's go to nick valencia at the cnn center in atlanta. nick, two of the adults inside the school have been identified. what do we know about them? >> as you mentioned all morning, this story really is about the victims. two of the names that we know so far, two of the adults, six adults were shot in all, two names that we have been able to confirm, dawn hochsprung, she was the principal at sandy hook elementary school since 2010. she's described, ali, as someone you would want educating your children. sort of the teacher's teacher. she was very involved educator, memorable for her enthusiasm and that wonderful smile you see there. she spent her career rising through the ranks
here. i'm john berman. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live from newtown, connecticut. and i want to bring in my colleague, ali velshi. hey, ali. >> reporter: john, it's a sad morning and will get sadder in a few moments. just a few moments from where we are standing, a press conference is about to begin where they are going to release the names, we think, of many of the people killed. david arioso of cnn was one of the first on the scene. david went to the firehouse you keep hearing references to where parents were thinking they were going to meet their kids. david, what happened yesterday? >> well, between the early morning hours, parents would file towards this firehouse and would basically try to get a sense of whether or not their kids, their loved ones were alive. toward the early part of the morning, you would see parents walking out teary eyed, shaken, but with their children. as the day progressed, you would see parents walking in pairs, walking with state troopers or fireman without a child m. of the parents were besides themselves w
and that hagel is the front runner. >> interesting. brianna keilar, thanks. appreciate it. >>> john berman has a look at some of the other stories making news this fine morning. >> good morning. u.s. officials say north korea may not have control of the satellite it put into orbit. it was on board that rocket launched yesterday. this is claiming to be from the control room in north korea as the rocket blasted off. u.s. officials say ground control has yet to send a key radio signal to the satellite. this may indicate a potential problem. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is set to testify next week about the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. she'll appear before the house and senate foreign affairs committees. a report by a state department review board on the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans is expected to be released before clinton testifies. she testifies one week from today. >>> a lockdown has been lifted this morning on the campus of california state university at fullerton. that's near los angeles. the campus went on high alert yes
ahead? and john berman with a look at other stories making news. >> a deafening silence. >>> overnight, three crew members killed in the crash of a medica chopper in north central illinois. on the way to a hospital when their chopper went down. pilot andy olson and flight nurses jim dillow and karen hollis were on board. >>> and petty officer first klasnic lass checque was the navy s.e.a.l. killed. he entered the s.e.a.l.s program after graduating high school. he received a bronze star and several other awards during his ten-year career. clearly a hero. >>> a government official reports nine people were wounded when bird shot pellets were shot into tahrir square. and rallies being held today leading to saturday's vote on a new constitution. >>> and hawaii democrat daniel inouye is in the hospital, he has recently been seen using oxygen on the floor of the senate. he served in world war ii and won the medal of honor and witnessed the japanese bombing of pearl harbor and will mark 50 years in the senate on january 3rd. we hope he is recovering nicely. >>> parts of the country could see m
, connecticut. heading towards the bottom of the hour. i'm kate bolduan and john berman will be back to join me in a couple of minutes. let's catch you up on what we know this sunday. president obama will head to newtown, connecticut, where he will meet with the families of the victims. the president will also speak at a vigil, an interfaith vigil tonight. many people looking forward to hearing his words. we also know 12 of the victims were boys and 8 were girls. the medical examiner released the names of all of the victims yesterday. all of the children were either 6 or 7 years old. while 6 of them have the victi adults, all were women working at the school. united way set up a fund to collect donations for victims' families and the community as a whole. it's called the sandy hook school support fund. all donations will go directly to those affected. many ways to impact your world today. >>> we still don't know much, though, about the shooter, adam lanza. so many questions and very few answers. what type of person he was. i want to bring in cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. he
shooting right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. we're in newtown, connecticut, this morning. >> i'm kate bolduan. you're watching our continuing coverage. it feels like we've been here a long time just trying to figure out what's going on with the story. president obama will be coming here later today and meet with some of the victims' families and we're told he will speak at a vigil being held tonight. meanwhile, the community is grieving. we saw more vigils here last night really moving vigils. 20 children and 6 adults died in friday's shooting inside sandy hook elementary. we should begin hearing the first funeral plans for some of the victims very soon. we also want to pass this along. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations, as you can see right there on your screen, donations sent to the newtown savings bank 39 main street right here in newtown, connecticut. this fund will be used to help pay for the funerals of the victims, john. >>> police say they have found important evidence during their searches at the school and at the shooter
. and john berman has details how that played out. >> ashleigh, this street where i'm stanning has been the sight of a huge amount of activity today, and a nihigh number of questions. behind me? the apartment brother where the brother of the shooter lives. ryan lanza. led to a car in handcuffs. taken into custody for questioning. also questioned according to sources telling cnn, two roommates of the brother who lives here, believed to have no connection at all to the suspect. this building behind me, a five-story building with two- and three-bedroom apartments, on the street, hoboken police, jersey city police, bomb squad representatives, although they didn't go into the apartment building, and the fbi had a presence here. the fbi did remove materials from this apartment, including some kind of computer. there are questions about why the brother was taken into custody at all, especially in handcuffs. one police officer on the scene did tell me, apparently some kind of confusion that the brother's i.d. may have been found on the shooter's body. that was one police officer telling me that
and that confusion led police to that brother's front door. he's been arrested now, as well and john berman has the details of how this played out. >> this street where i am standing now has been the site of a huge amount of activity today and a high number of questions. behind me is the apartment building where lives the brother of the shooting suspect, 24-year-old ryan lanza. he was led to a car in handcuffs by law enforcement officials earlier today. taken in to custody for questioning. also, questioned according to to sources telling cnn two roommates of the brother who lives here. they are believed to have no connection at all to the suspect. this building behind me is a five-story building with two and three-bedroom apartments. on this street earlier today were hoboken city police, jersey city police. there were bomb squad representatives, although they did not go in to the apartment building. also the fbi had a presence here. the fbi did remove materials from this apartment including, we believe, some kind of computer. there are questions about why the brother was taken in to custody at
of these tragedies. i'm don lemon. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. we're live in newtown, connecticut. >>> president obama will be coming here later today. he will meet with some of the victims' families and speak at a vigil being held here tonight. meanwhile, we're learning more about this tragedy and the victims, 20 children, 6 adults died in friday's shooting at the sandy hook elementary school. >> everybody's death was caused by, everyone that we completed so far was caused by gunshot wounds. and, obviously, the manner of death on all these cases has been classified as homicide. >> that was the medical examiner. he also offered this disturbing detail. all of the victims he's seen, they were shot more than once. >> just amazing to even hear him recount what he's seen in really chilling, chilly detail, tom. >> we will have much more on the victims. of course, their names and their stories coming up in just a few minutes. people in this community are still coming to grips with this tragedy. understandably, we saw more vigils here last night and they're still o
it happening. >> there is sir paul mccarthy playing with nirvana. good morning. i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. >>> up first, new information about the 22-year-old sandwich shop worker who killed two people and critically wounded a teenager at a suburban portland mall. friends say jacob roberts was a happy young man until about a week ago when he quit his job and told his ex-girlfriend he was moving to hawaii. we are also learning more about the three people that robert shot. a dedicated hospice nurse, a former radio executive, remembered as a mentor and a jewelrymaker, and a 15-year-old girl who took a bullet to the chest but is expected to survive. dan simon is live from suburban portland. what else are you finding out about jacob roberts? you know, everybody is questioning what was the motive here? >> good morning. investigators have not found anything in terms of a violent history or criminal past, but if you look at his facebook page, you will see a slogan that said "follow your dreams" with the word canceled stamped over it. then the reports that he was telling friends that he i
. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. it's just raining here, but in a lot of parts around the country, it's just awful. the fury of the first holiday storm is making travel dangerous if not completely impossible in the upper midwest. today new england is expected to get slammed by the same storm. at least seven traffic-related deaths in four states are blamed on this storm. more than a foot of wet, heavy snow fell in parts of iowa and wisconsin. hundreds of flights canceled at the height of the travel season. this is some amazing picture. power lines sparking and snapping. you can hear it. wow. at the storm's worst, 400,000 power customers in the region had no electricity. that number is down to 133,000 by yesterday afternoon. still bad. meteorologist rob marciano is tracking it all for us from atlanta. >> good morning. bad times as far as the holiday travel. this is a big, big storm. you mentioned the heavy, wet snow piling up. over a foot and a half in some spots. middleton, wisconsin, seeing 16 inches. over a foot in dubuque, iowa, as well. the wind is the other big con
'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin." starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >> good morning. welcome, everybody. the starting point this morning, behind closed doors, president owe became gentleman and house speaker boehner meet in a surprise closed door session trying to hammer out a fiscal cliff deal. >>> what makes a person black? my new documentary sparks conversation about the color of your skin and how it defines who you are. who is black in america? >>> you may start feeling less pain at the pump. gas prices are crashing and how long will it last? just ahead. >>> a mexican american singer, a superstar, dies in a plane crash. now her fans in mourning. we'll have details, straight ahead. >>> a packed two hours for you. new york mayor cory booker will join us. and poet journalist, angela davis will join us as well. gold medal olympic gymnast gabby douglas has written a new book. and judy chu is with us, and the macks join us, and singer adam lambert. monday, december 10th. and "starting point" begins right now. >>> wow, that's an ominous little graphic r
morning. i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> we have breaking news this morning. it's a big development in the fight against syria and a new level of u.s. involvement. we just learned within the past few hours the defense secretary leon panetta signed an order sending two patriot missile batteries to turkey. that's to assist that nation in defending against any pollible military action by syria. this move was expected as the civil war in syria destabilizes the assad regime with each passing day. in addition to this, 400 u.s. troops are going to turkey. they will be deployed to operate the missile batteries. cnn's nick payton walsh has the development. >> reporter: good morning. 400 personnel will be accompanying the batteries. let me give you history. over the past two months, we saw sporadic exchanges of fire across the border. syrian military firing into turkey causing often destruction and death. turkey often responding. that brought about this request to nato for patriot missile batteries. they're supposed to be there. this particular type better
in today for john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. >>> up first, president obama standing his ground over the fight in the fiscal cliff. americans face crushing tax hikes and severe spending cuts in 27 days if democrats and republicans cannot come together on a deal. by the way, congress breaks for the holidays in ten days. slash that number. in an interview with bloomberg news, the president made it crystal clear he's not about to blink on the issue of tax hikes for the wealthiest americans. >> we'll have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> white house correspondent dan lothian joins us live from washington this morning. very nice to see you, dan. >> good to see you. >> here's the deal. we have republicans pitted against democrats. now we understand there are issues amongst republicans as well. >> that's right. they're in a tough spot here. they don't want to be in left in a position of being blamed for the fiscal cliff. you're seeing a division between house members and senate members. the reason for this is mainly over
pacquiao and juan manuel marquez battle it out tomorrow in vegas. this hour our own john berman sits down with manny. looking forward to that. welcome back to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. it's 30 minutes past the hour. >>> updating you on breaking news, a massive earthquake rocking japan, it hit off the coast about 300 miles northeast of tokyo. rattling buidlin rattling buildings and raising the risk of a tsunami. there is no -- there is no widespread threat of a tsunami in the pacific. >>> it is 31 minutes past the hour. we are anticipating a new swell of rage after friday pairs in egypt. opponents of president mohammed morsi are expected back on the streets. last night in cairo they called on morsi to resign saying his government lost legitimacy. opponents are angry at his degree two weeks ago where he granted himself sweeping new powers, and they don't trust a new draft constitution backed by him. in a televised speech last night, morsi defended his actions. ian lee is live in cairo this morning. what is happening now? >> right now we're watching protes
for questioning. my colleague john berman is live in hoboken. tell me exactly what the police think any connection might and be why he would have been handcuffed, john. >> reporter: oh, you know ashleigh, at this point we simply don't know. as you say this has been the site of an enormous amount of activity, an enormous amount of questions, now an enormous amount of confusion, really. you talked about that picture we saw earlier of ryan lanza being led from this apartment in handcuffs. he was taking in for questioning. also cnn has learned, taken in for questioning two roommates apparently of ryan lanza, brought in for questioning, not believed to be connected in any way to the suspect adam lanza. the hoboken police were here, jersey city police were here, there was a bomb squad here, fbi were here, the fbi actually removed some materials from this apartment, including perhaps a computer. but at this point, it is now clear that the shooter was not ryan lanza, it was his brother adam lanza. ryan we believe is still in custody. i can tell you, this ashleigh. while the scene was buzzing with all thos
control laws. first, john berman with developing information on fiscal cliff negotiations. >>> fiscal cliff talks haven't received much attention in recent days for good reason. but today is the two-week warning, with some good news to report. overnight, we learned president obama made an eye opening offer in talks with house speaker john boehner. under the new proposals, tax rates would go up on those making above $400,000. a big shift. the president has long campaigned on that number, starting at $250,000. the president also offering spending cuts worth $200 billion. for his part, speaker boehner who has all along refused to consider any raising in the tax rates has proposed tax rates for households making $1 million. so movement from both sides. cnn's dan lothian in washington with the latest on this. good morning, dan. >> good morning, john. the big question, can speaker boehner sell this proposal to house republicans? this is very dramatic, president obama had always dug in, saying there was no deal unless taxes went up on households making more than $250,000. now the president r
'm back. i'm john berman. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. i am feeling that. but this, they are talking for the first time in over three weeks. president obama and house speaker john boehner looked each other in the eye and actually had a conversation. now that's a really big deal when it comes to the fiscal cliff crisis. because in just 22 days americans face severe tax hikes and spending cuts unless these two leaders can find a way to compromise. now neither side would discuss specifics about their conversation. but after yesterday's white house meeting, a spokesman for the president said "the lines of communication remain open." now that may be music to the ears of former white house chief of staff erskine bowles, one half of the bowles-simpson reduction duo. >> they started a tango now. you know, any time you got two guys in there tangoing, you have a chance to get it done. >> brianna keilar is live now from washington. we don't have a lot of details about what went on in that meeting. maybe if they're both not talking, that may be a good thing. >> that's right. in fact, we have alm
'brien. >> and i'm john berman. this is a special edition of "early start." >> today, it's still dark out, of course, but it will be a very raw and cold and pretty miserable morning, not just, of course, because of the weather this will be the day that the very first funerals are held in the aftermath of friday's massacre at the sandy hook elementary school. here is the latest that we know. president obama was here last night, trying to bring some comfort to really what is impossible to comfort. trying to assure those who lost loved ones they are not alone. promising to use all of his powers as president of the united states to try to stop these kinds of tragedies and today newtown will begin to bury its dead. they will start with two 6-year-old boys. and jack pinto, a big new york giants football fan. and noah posner, littlest of all of the victims. >> we are beginning learn more about the victims, like anna marqu marquez greene, who loved to write love letters to her parents. how the shooter made his way into the school and why he may have been targeting sandy hook to begin with and an
of the places. victor blackwell, thank you. we appreciate it. john berman with an update on other stories. >>> overseas, the assad regime in syria, firing more scud missiles in the past few days. that's what nato secretary-general says this morning. he believes it's a sign the regime is desperate and about to collapse and more proof turkey needs protection. turkey started receiving patriot defense missiles to shoot down everything syria might send over the border. >>> and they are working to beef up security at embassies around the world, this after the attack in benghazi, libya. >> we learned some very hard and painful lessons in benghazi, already acting on them. we have to do better. we owe it to our colleague who's lost their lives in benghazi and the security professionals who acted with such extraordinary heroism, that awful night to try and protect them, and we owe it to thousands of colleagues serving america with great dedication every day and diplomatic posts around the world. >> and they blame the state department for poor security at the u.s. consulate which left mour americans
) ask your doctor about spiriva. >>> i'm john berman live in new york. back to new towtown in a moment. >>> syria's vice president is reportedly calling for a national unity government with wide powers to bring about an end to that country's civil war. the comments come as a fresh round of violence shakes syria. said to be taken after syrian government planes bombed a palestinian refugee camp near damascus on sunday. a uk-based human rights group says at least eight people were killed there. meanwhile, vice president farouk al sharia told the lebanese newspaper that neither the rebels nor the current government has the ability to reach an end point. an opposition group says at least 150 people were killed across syria on sunday. >>> south carolina governor nikki haley announced that congressman tim scott will replace outgoing senator jim demint. haley said she was looking for a conservative fighter. he thanked his mother for not quitting on him. >> when you start out in a single parent household with a mom who works 16 hours a day, and you're looking at a future that doesn't look as br
it over to other nations. >> chris lawrence, thank you. >>> john berman with other stories making news. >>> the united states officially recognizing syria's opposition coalition as the representative of the syrian people. it's just a show of support. it is does not mean america will arm rebel forces. president obama talked about why the decision was made right now. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough. reflective and representative enough of the syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in the asass regime. >>> hugo chavez, recovering from six hours of surgery in cuba this morning. the fourth cancer-related operation for the venezuelan president since the summer of 2011. his vice president tells the people of venezuela the procedure on chavez was complex and completed correctly and successfully. >>> so michigan, the cradle of the organized labor movement is now a right to work state. last night, michigan governor rick snyder kept his word and signed the controversial legislation into law, despite thousands of prote
. >>> welcome back, everybody. you're watching "starting point." let's begin with john berman with a look at today's top stories. >>> dancing in the streets of pyongyang, toasting the country's first successful satellite launch into space, even though the u.s. government indicates that the north koreans might not have control of the satellite. the north korean government looking at the launch. as leaders call for punishment, insisting that the north koreans have moved one step closer to being able to launch nuclear weapons across the pacific. >>> authorities in birmingham, taking another look at security procedures after a man shot and killed himself inside the federal courthouse. the u.s. marshals said the man worked in the building and slipped the gun in as he used as employee entrance. no one in the courthouse wasser threatened. >>> an aspiring actor and comic killed after fulg into the roof of the intercontinental hotel in chicago. nicholas wieme was taking pictures on the onion rooftop zone when he fell and became wedged in the chimney. it took hours for firefighters to get to him. p
. >>> john berman has a look at some of the other news this morning. >>> the ripple effect of the attack on benghazi consulate hits capitol hill this morning. two state department officials are expected to testify in about an hour. this has caused a staff shake-up at the state department. there's been one resignation and three people on administrative leave. the review blamed systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies. u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens and three other americans were killed in that attack. i'm joined by elise labott. what's the latest? >> reporter: well, the latest is this morning secretary clinton's deputies will be testifying, john. deputy secretary tom nides and william burns. secretary clinton is still suffering from a concussion. what i think is really interesting this morning is who's going to be chairing the morning session with the senate foreign relations committee. that's the chairman, john kerry, who is tapped to be the next secretary of state. now, of course there's a lot of questions in this panel report about the leadership at t
to this debate to prevent another mass shooting. >> dan lothian, thank you. appreciate the update. john berman with a look at stories making news today. good morning. >> weather to worry about right now. holiday travelers, be ware. a massive winter storm from colorado to upper great lakes, expected to cause dangerous blizzard or near-blizzard conditions. cold and stormy in the northwest. alexandra steele at the weather center, give us the lowdown. >> john we have severe weather and also all of the snow. and here is a look. we'll watch this winter storm kind of dole out snow as it rolls out. it will move today. this morning, we'll see snow start in denver, colorado. winding down, 1 to 3 inches, but then denver, colorado, omaha, kansas and then as we head from tonight into tomorrow, we'll move it in through iowa and into nebraska, and then to the upper midwest. 6 to 12 inches in omaha, in des moines, 6 to 12 inches of snow. 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts, blizzard warnings there. the models pretty consistent. guidance, we head through tonight, watching the snow push eastward. compact, narrow line o
. good morning. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. 6:00 a.m. in the east. we'll begin with a blistering report that blames systemic failures at the state department for the consulate attack in benghazi. security at the facility was grossly inadequate. and officials in washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel. and in the aftermath of the tragedy, there was a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership at the senior levels. we're joined by foreign affairs reporter elise lavin live from washington. what do you take from this? >> john, a real sobering look at the aevents that led up to the attack on september 11th. some of the things that went wrong, the management, of the diplomatic security bureau in charge of facility and personnel, security, and the near eastern affairs bureau that oversees all of the mideast policy bureaus, basically was inadequate to handle what happened. they missed the warning signs, john. a lot of attacks in the recent days, leading up to the 9/11 attack on other targets, other western targets, and also that they just kind
can't afford to pay off, john berman, in the next 30 days. >> how about start my shopping. >> don't go crazy. the last-minute shopping costs more than you thought. >> all right. thank you. >>> 37 minutes past the hour. a reality star takes a real-world stand. he says his show is a fake and fighting back. we'll have the real reality story, coming up. [ female announcer ] born from the sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. new nectresse. a hybrid? most are just no fun to drive. now, here's one that will make you feel alive. meet the five-passenger ford c-max hybrid. c-max says ha. c-max says wheeee. which is what you get, don't you see? cause c-max has lots more horsepower than prius v, a hybrid that c-max also bests in mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. i heard you guys can ship ground for less than the ups store. that's right. i've learned the only way to get a holiday deal is to camp out. you know we've been o
are there for the pot party. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans in for john berman this thursday morning. >> i bet you never thought you'd say that, live at a pot party. >>> good morning to you, i'm zoraida sambolin, 5:00 a.m. in the east here. >>> tension has quickly turned to deadly violence in egypt. this morning, tanks and armored personnel carriers are guarding the presidential palace, this is in cairo. it was there last night that supporters and owe points of president mohamed morsi clashed. they hurled rocks and molotov cocktails at each other. at least five people were killed, hundreds injured. the root of the violence is what many believe is morsi's grab for power. ian lee joins us this morning. what's happening right now. >> reporter: we have the elite republican guard, the people tasked with protecting the president. they are putting up barbed wire and road blocks, diverting traffic and people away and trying to keep the two sides, the pro-morsi and the anti-morsi protesters away from each other. last flight we saw thousands of pro-morsi supporters camp o
of a shake-up at the state department. welcome back to "early start," everyone. i'm john berman. >> 30 minutes past the hour. we're going to talk about holiday travel plans for millions of you. >> screwed up. >> it could be on hold this morning thanks to a huge winter storm that is whipping throughout midwest. there is a blizzard warning in effect for half a dozen states. take a look at. that the storms stretching from colorado to wisconsin. some folks in chicago are on my facebook this morning saying it is awful there. the rocky mountain state will be battered. 156-mile stretch of i-70en with colorado and kansas sut down in both directions by heavy snow. that was yesterday. this system is packing wind gusts over 60 miles an hour. parts of iowa could see a foot of snow or more today. wow. it is so bad, in fact, that the governor of wisconsin has already declared a state of emergency in his state. meteorologist alexandra steel is live from the weather center. my goodness. what else is in store for today? >> let's talk about what we saw yesterday. we talked about denver and what happened
of "starting point" from newtown, connecticut. i'm joined by "early start" co-anchor john berman. today, two 6-year-old boys will be buried and children across the country head back to school. jack pinto, a little guy who loved new york giants. and noah pozner, the youngest of the 26 victims who died on friday morning. he is a twin. his sister survived. >> still doesn't know how her twin brother died. president obama here, trying to bring comfort to the inconsolable, promised to use his powers, everything he can do as president to end this kind of madness. >> this is our first task. caring for our children. can we truly say as a nation that we're meeting our obligations? >> three around. >> come down now. one, two, three, ready, and go. ♪ come now all my >> we're remembering the fallen, all of them. a little more about victims like this girl are you seeing right here, ana marquez-greene, this little girl who loved to sing and write love letters to her parents. of course, as we focus on the victims that will be our main focus. but we talk about the suspected shooter, how police say he got int
join us. john berman profiled manny pacquiao -- oh, my god, i had ten people yeling in my ear. sorry, pacquiao. he has a big fight on saturday. we'll have that story as well. carol costello in "newsroom," starts right now. good morning. >> good morning. stories on "newsroom." >> three, two, one -- >> most laid back new year's celebration ever? no. celebration of washington state's brand new pot law. yes, they're smoking joints. >>> i dare you, like double dare you. obama administration bites and says, yeah, we're prepared to go off the fiscal cliff. >>> roger goodell, the commissioner football fans love to hate. there's a softer, gentler side of goodell. seriously. the nfl commissioner you don't know. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. smoke 'em if you got 'em. recreational marijuana is officially legal in washington state. shall we say a rather mellow celebration at seattle's space needle? pot smokers lit up like it was new year's eve. new voter approved initiative went into effect midnight. this pot party technically, is i
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. >> i'm christine romans in today for john berman. it's tuesday, december 4th. 31 minutes past the hour. >> all right, it's beginning to look like millions of americans are about to get dragged right over that fiscal cliff. because with 28 days remaining before devastating tax hikes, and spending cuts kick in, democrats and republicans are now reduced to ridiculing each other. and the result could be a painful recession. the gop offering up its first plan yesterday. so it calls for $2.2 trillion in deficit savings, this is over the next decade. including $800 billion from tax reforms. $600 billion from medicare reforms. and $600 billion in spending cuts. but the white house quickly said, no way, because the deal doesn't contain tax hikes for the wealthiest americans. brianna keilar live from washington this morning. and brianna, are we beyond political posturing to the point where we have reached a stalemate? >> there is a lot of posturing going on and there is an impasse, obviously. at this point you have the white house saying they're not going to discuss specifics on entitlement refo
to monday. i'm alina cho in for john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. today is december 3rd. just about 6:00 a.m. in the east. another pacific storm soaking northern california this weekend leaving thousands of weary homeowners without power, as well. it's the third storm to hit the region in less than a week. unleashing floodwaters and damaging homes from san francisco, sacramento and several surrounding communities. people who've lived in the areas for decades say they have never seen anything like this. >> i mean this thing just went up fast, real fast. we have seen where it's gotten up real high but wasn't gotten this bad. >> you live right here? >> right there. >> right here? >> yeah, right there. i got my mom out. i took her down to a friend's house down the street. you never know water, at this point, what it's going to do. >> people are evacuating out of the park, and as you see in the front of the park you can't get out. i had to park up on the hill and walk down the side hill to get in here. so it's really, really, it's very bad in here. >> rob marciano's been tracking the storm
action? john leibowitz, and jeff berman, general manager of media for the nfl. tom rosensteel is among them. >> that's actually one of the astonishing things about this, is that it is at once intimidating and a little pompous, and also people are willing to say anything, even to strangers. >> reporter: members who fail to supply with their thoughts risk being cut. litman already drop 20 people this year new york city deputy mayor. >> he's a brilliant guy, but if people aren't replying, the community could fall apart. >> reporter: which means the former member didn't get the list just sent out, best books up for discussion includes stag's leap. in movies, a big debate is already brewing. >> i think drew is very brave. he's willing to argue for a james bond movie as one of the great works of art of the year. other people are agasp at that. >> reporter: in a town big on who you know, all agree this is one list with real connections. >>> litman's list has never been published until now. we have the top 2012 picks in films, music and books on our websi website. all you have to do is. >>> re
tax rates for the wealthy. >> russell berman is a st aff write for "the hill." >> you can read john boehner's letter by going online and clicking on the link. >> we are at the new york state museum. this is our gallery dedicated to the history of the september 11 attacks at the world trade center. we decided to tell the story for the first moments of the attack, using objects and photographs from the world trade center site. this is a piece of steel from the south tower. we put it in a place where the public can touch it. it gives the visitor a tangible experience. this is a piece of steel from the north tower, floor 71 through 74. this was within 10 floors of the impact, and you can see the openings where the windows would have been, this metal strip that would have held aluminum clad. every piece of steel is marked, so you know which building, which side of the building it was on. this one we took because it was so close to impact and because it had the numbers. it has the chalk numbers the time of construction. also, the number stands inside the steel. >> this weekend, we look be
at cuss finch is it, andrew? >> here we go. >> it's not the public defender's office, it's john edwards, and $100 million net worth. >> correct. so big payday for law firm and toyota deal. the big firm, of the winner, hagans berman. do you know them? >> no. >> seattle based law firm that serves as the lead council in the class action set to receive more than $300 million. not bad work if you can get it. >> how much? >> $300 million. taking a third. a little less than a third. >> -- magnetic business cards as the ambulance passes by. >> right. >> i would buy some stock in those today, right? for these guys. you wonder why texas is doing a little built better. because they have put in some rules in place. i'm sorry. >> no. >> you come from a lawyer. >> i do. but we -- my dad doesn't have magnetic business cards. we don't do ambulances. >> no, you were on the good side of things, wasn't he? >> most of the time. >> all right. not all the time? all right. yeah, you did have that sign, i forgot, from the smoker's litigation, where did that -- asbestos? where did that come from? >> the steinwa
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